Blarinella quadraticauda 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Soricidae

Scientific Name: Blarinella quadraticauda (Milne-Edwards, 1872)
Common Name(s):
English Asiatic Short-tailed Shrew, Northern Short-tailed Shrew, Sichuan Short-tailed Shrew
Sorex quadraticauda Milne-Edwards, 1872

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-09-07
Assessor(s): Johnston, C. & Smith, A.T.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Clayton, E.
Listed as Near Threatened, as its extent of occurrence is approximately 20,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its forest habitat is probably declining making it close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to China, occurring in the province of Sichuan (Smith and Xie 2008). It occupies elevations ranging from 1,500-3,000 m asl (Jiang et al. 2003).
Countries occurrence:
China (Gansu, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan)
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1500
Upper elevation limit (metres):3300
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Population [top]

Population:There are currently no data regarding the population status of this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species typically occurs in riparian habitats ranging from coniferous forests to the alpine zone, but sometimes occupies secondary forest away from streams (Smith and Xie 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation due to agriculture, urban development and logging are a threat to the species' habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures in place for this species. It is probably present in protected areas. Further studies are needed into the abundance, habitat status, natural history and threats to this species. In China, this species has been regionally Red Listed as Near Threatened nearly meeting the criteria for listing as Vulnerable B1ab(i,iii) (Wang and Xie 2004). In addition, a study found evidence to suggest this species may be a restricted geographical subspecies of B. griselda but further morphological and genetic studies are needed (Chen et al. 2012).

Citation: Johnston, C. & Smith, A.T. 2016. Blarinella quadraticauda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T40613A22283477. . Downloaded on 24 April 2018.
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